Song Of The Week -3/1/14

Is Wednesday too early to be excited about my favorite song of the week?
To be honest, when I listened to it (on Monday), it won the crown. Im not gonna waste space by uploading the song, so I’ll just link it.

VOILA!: Childish Gambino – Sweatpants (Album Version)

So, I love this song primarily because it’s just fun. The first time I heard it, I was bopping around like a fool singing the hook:

Don’t be mad cause I’m doing me better than you doing you
Don’t be mad cause I’m doing me better than you doing you
Don’t be mad cause I’m doing me better than you doing you

And then you listen to the lyrics. The whole song, he’s just boasting like any other rapper. And you can’t be mad at him, because he asked you not to. He’s a strong lyricist, who doesn’t spend the song talking about his hardships. Actually, it’s quite the opposite, and he’s quite happy about it. My enjoyment comes from the fact that I cant help but want to feel like this. I just wanna smile and shake my shoulders and brush them off (are we still doing that?) as I pass an entire crowd of people and show my open hands full of all the fucks I give. That would be 0 fucks, btw. I think my favorite youtube comment I read of this was by user Crononaut who said: Singing “Don’t be mad cause I’m doing me better than you doing you” makes me feel ballin as fuck.
That’s a pretty accurate description. Whether or not you’re a Childish Gambino fan, just put it on really loud, don’t worry about who’s around, and sing along with him. It can be your new mantra.

And here are a few other Childish Gambino songs I like, if you need some waking up…

~Poundcake Freestyle

Share it Sunday – 2/23/14

MY MY MY, I haven’t been doing a good job at maintaining this blog.

Well, let’s not worry about that. This week’s SHARE IT SUNDAY is: 


So, for all my followers out there, if you still own physical tapes, DVD’S or Blu-Rays, let’s see a picture of your eclectic film tastes. For those hardcore gamers, I’d like to see you prove it. Casual gamers are welcome to contribute as well.

Here is mine:


Most of my movies are on my external hard drive, taking up space in the digital world. As for games, I’m missing Batman: Arkham Origins, but it might be a good thing. I just opened a freshly delivered Beyond: Two Souls. I didn’t entirely need to make the purchase, but when you see something of quality marked as 50% off, you usually answer the call.

See you next Sunday!

My opinion brings all the likes to my blog, and they’re like, mine’s better than yours…

I sometimes feel like anyone who is the least bit successful on the Internet went to Internet school and got a degree in advanced blogging. I look at all the platforms and those doing well from each and wonder, what am I doing wrong? Did I take a left somewhere down the road where I should have gone left?……
You figure when you start something like this, your opinion will be enough. “I think I’m educated enough to wrangle me an audience. And I’m witty enough to keep them coming back. Scratch that, I’m hilarious”
These thoughts were part of the very short checklist I consulted before starting my own blog. True to my PR and Advertising knowledge, I made sure to evaluate my content, just to make sure I was on the right track. I looked at what I had and reflected upon it. Was it good? Was it enough? Had it delivered as promised?
And the answer to those questions is: NO. Content, (I think… As I’ve said, I’m still new to this) is key. Yet here I am, all this to say, and having not said it. Those words, ideas and opinions might as well not have existed at all.
So, moving forward and having checked myself, I will write, write and write some more while trying not to wreck myself. No idea too trivial. I told myself I would get a good chunk of my book done this year, so for those of you who are interested, you can find it here.

“No more zero-sum days”.

Album Review – The 20/20 Experience Part 1 of 2

Since the success of his second solo album in 2006, FutureSex, LoveSounds,  fans of Justin Timberlake have eagerly awaited for more of his smooth voice over Timbalands grammy-winning beats. And for a while it seemed as if he had put down the microphone to try his hand at acting. Many fans even spoke out, urging him to make music again. Now, after seven years, JT and Timbaland have done it again with The 20/20 Experience Part 1 of 2.

This album features 10 songs, with an additional two on the deluxe version, and it exemplifies quality over quantity. It has the usual ingredients expected from Justin, such as well produced beats and subtly provocative lyrics, but on the first playthrough, it is obviously a more mature sound than his previous albums. There is a nice blend of orchestra and beat machines in the opening track, Pusher Love Girl, which, like the title alludes, compares a woman to drugs and its usage. Influences of samba can be found on Let The Groove Get In, and then much like many JT songs, it transforms into something new, while still maintaining its original melody.

Suit and Tie, featuring Jay-Z, was at first my least favorite song on the album. There was something about the sound that was so new to my ears that I couldn’t process it at first. It is smooth, yet at the same time booming with bass. After listening to the album multiple ties, I’ve found myself excited to hear it come on next and singing along. It grows on you, and stays on you. In fact, the entire album grows on you and slowly goes from good to great. One of the strongest tracks is Mirrors, which is soul-bearing story with a sentimental hook and a memorable chorus. After five and a half minutes, it transforms into a repetitive confession, slowly turning down the energy of the album.

The 20/20 Experience Part 1 of 2 is soulful, jazzy and catchy with futuristic beats which JT fans will love. Most of the songs are longer than average (over seven minutes) and are completely worth their full playthrough. It fades to a close with the slow and easy, Blue Ocean Floor. It is his much appreciated return to music, and I’m sure I can speak for all of his supporters when I say that we look forward to more music, including part 2 of The 20/20 Experience.


Lyrics: 9/10
Vocals: 9/10
Production: 10/10
Replay: 10/10
Flow: 8/10
Track Strength: 9/10
Catchy: 10/10
Recommendation: 10/10
Endurance: 8/10

Total: 83/90

Album Review – So Long (Louque)

Louque - So Long
So Long


So Long, in my eyes, is timeless. It is one of those gems you find in life that no one else seems to know about, and it has always baffled me as to why. I have never heard any of the tracks on the radio and it can’t even be found on Itunes. Neither the album nor any of the songs has a page on Wikipedia. As far as the internet is concerned, knowledge of this group and its music is very limited, which is a shame because the album is great. It is, in fact, the only album I have not questioned buying and own in CD form.

The group is named after the lead vocalist, Dustin Louque (pronounced Luke). He is a native of Saint James Parish, Louisiana. The closest classification of this 2004 album is alternative rock, but it is so much more. Mixed into the nine songs are styles of dub, folk, trip hop, and soothing soul. The sound of the group caught my attention when one of the tracks, Whoa Now, was featured on the soundtrack of the movie Disturbia (2007). I immediately tracked down the rest of the album and was not the least bit disappointed. The opening track, Perique, has an inviting feeling that haunts while it entertains. The rest of the album is a brief yet enjoyable journey of wistful nostalgia. It uses drums, beat machines, acoustic guitar, and piano to gently surround you with an aura of calm. Even the cover of Mazzy Star’s Cry Cry is a strong rendition that rivals the original.

If you’re looking for an album that you can play over and over again, or revisit down the road, this is a perfect example. It leaves you with a smile. In a time when illegally downloaded music is so easy to come by, this album is absolutely worth paying for. I highly recommend it.

Lyrics: 7/10
Vocals: 9/10
Production: 9/10
Replay: 10/10
Flow: 10/10
Track Strength: 9/10
Catchy: 9/10
Recommendation: 10/10
Endurance: 10/10

Total: 83/90

Album Review – ARTPOP

Lady Gaga’s Artpop (Deluxe Version) is mainly a fast-paced adventure of well produced electronic music, but slows down a few times to show you the strength of her vocal talents. Most of the songs on the album are great for dark dancefloors, flashing lights and damaging decibel levels. Looking at the tracklist order, there is some semblance of a story at first, but that all goes out the window after the fourth track (Sexxx Dreams).

The most notable aspect of this album is the variety of sounds expressed by one artist. All of the songs are undoubtedly products of Gaga, but it is easy to hear inspirations from or similarities to other artists. The way she bellows away in Do what you want (my body) can be easily mistaken for a track by Christina Aguilera. The slow background, repetitive hook, sultry beat and monotone support vocals of Artpop mimic the music style of Madonna. Gypsy could easily be from a recent album by Kelly Clarkson. Fashion sounds like the music love-child of Chromeo and Jamiroquai (I can just hear it being played at the premiere of a designer’s new line or in clothing commercials). And yet they are all clearly the artistic blossoms of Lady Gaga. Some may say that is inconsistent, but her versatility is worth the applause (she does, after all, live for it).

The most surprising sound on the entire album is the track that will probably attract the hip-hop community more than anything because of the other featured artists. The heavy bass and scratchy electronic sound of Jewels ‘n Drugs features verses by T.I, Too-Short and Twista, lending the album a few dollars of street credit.

Artpop (Deluxe Version) is a predominantly electronic album which accomplishes to represent many things Lady Gaga stands for. It has sex, female empowerment, fashion, fame, dance tracks, night-life, money and partying. I hadn’t been searching for much in this album, as I wasn’t gaga about Gaga, which is probably why I was impressed. I listen to a lot of music, deleting songs from my ipod and library as soon as they rub me the wrong way. This album will probably stay complete in my library and get lots of replay. Loyal Gaga fans can expect many singles, remixes, and track rotations from this album. Also, three extra versions of Applause (by DJ White Shadow Electrotech, Viceroy and Empire of the Sun) are distinct bonuses.

Lyrics: 7/10
Vocals: 9/10
Production: 10/10
Replay: 10/10
Flow: 7/10
Track Strength: 9/10
Catchy: 9/10
Bonus Material: 8/10
Recommendation: 8/10
Endurance: 9/10

Total: 86/100

On Being An Adult

SPOILER ALERT!!! If you don’t want to suddenly find out how the GOW series ends, I suggest you turn back.
…….Ok. I warned you.


“Wuteva, I do what I want!” It’s a quote I stole from South Park’s Eric Cartman and it’s exactly how I live my life.

I say it to my wife all the time in response to her telling me what to do. Now, let me be clear: I understand that the phrase is rebellious and rude. I understand it’s a go-to phrase for an immature person who doesn’t accept responsibility for their actions. I know it’s snide and is usually met with slatted eyes and reproach. I’m completely aware that I can’t use it all willy nilly, otherwise it would result in a lot more than just a look that says “who the fuck do you think you are?”

My point being, I’ve long come to terms with the purpose of the phrase and have been using it responsibly ever since.

When we were young, our parents limited everything we did. They said we weren’t old enough. They said we weren’t ready. Or they didn’t offer any explanation at all. “Because I said so.” And whether we accepted that answer or not was irrelevant, because they said so. So we got this attitude about being a child. There was this ever-brewing anger that bubbled up whenever someone stood in the way of what we wanted. It wasn’t fair. A six-year-old person is still a person, right? I remember making these (not so) quiet promises to whoever had “protected” me this time or foiled my well laid plans to get ice cream from the truck that they should just wait until I was an adult. I would have all the money and would buy all the ice cream and eat all the candy I wanted. Because as we all know, the moment you turn 18, you are granted a large sum of money. You should have heard of the many cars I planned on having. And the house! Oh my, the house I planned on having when I was a child was enormous enough to hold all my cars, a mountain of toys, all my wives (I’ll address that another day), and a room for my money. I didn’t need a bed. I would sleep on the cash. I even invited my family to visit from time to time.

So then came the day, so much sooner than my math had calculated, that I turned 18. I wasn’t expecting (a lot of) money anymore. I had long grown out of the silly ideals of my barely developed self, but I thought there would at least be some grand feeling involved with being recognized as an adult in the eyes of the man. I thought I would finally get everything I wanted. You know what the first thing was that I got? A punch. And then 18 more (one for good luck). Turning 18 doesn’t make you a man or a woman. It surely doesn’t make you an adult. It makes you legally responsible in a court of law. It makes you eligible for all of the government perks like financial aid and the draft. They don’t warn you that unless you’ve long been emancipated from your parents and have been raising yourself, you are no more grown than that foolish child. What they didn’t warn me of was that I would still be a boy.

No matter how happy I was with life, I didn’t have what I wanted. I didn’t even know what I wanted.
So how do you do what you want?
It starts by doing what you need. It starts with a whole lot of sacrifice.

I’ll refer to the story of Kratos from the God of War game series (Life often comes down to a game analogy). If my memory serves me correctly (feel free to correct me), Kratos was a general in a war who became angry at the gods after a series of unfortunate events led to the deaths of his wife and daughter (he might have been tricked into killing them). All he wanted after that was revenge, in the form of the deaths of all those responsible. At first it was it was simply Zeus and Ares, but things got out of hand, everyone got involved, and it turned into many hours of slaying mythical beasts and their masters. The entire series is Kratos on a gory rampage, sacrificing (or brutally killing) others to get his revenge. Even the game play dynamics require you to collect phoenixes feathers and Gorgons’ eyes and other various bodily trinkets, which the character sacrifices for larger health and magic bars.

Such is life.

I’m not saying you need to go out on a rampage to get what you want. I am absolutely not saying that. I’m saying you need to put aside other things to get what you want. You have to work. You have to work hard.  There are 24 hours in the day for all of us, yes, but that is literally the only thing we all have in common. Otherwise, we have to grind at different speeds and in different ways to get ahead. Jane Doe may have to work so much harder than Janice Dean for whatever unexplained reason (its her silly name, that’s why), but that doesn’t mean they aren’t both kicking their asses to get somewhere.

This doesn’t only concern a career and money. This applies to literally everything. You’re late and you wanna make the bus, you run. Why? Because you want to get there on time. Otherwise you would leave whenever you pleased. And if you say you don’t want to be there on time, it’s because you have to, I say, that’s because you want the result of getting on that bus in the first place. It’s really all about things we want, and the things we have to do to get them. It’s about giving into the necessary to accomplish dreams. I just got up and washed the dishes. I hate washing dishes. But, I wanted a clean bowl to put my soup in. I also didn’t want to have to wash them at a later date. I also didn’t want to hear from my roommate4life about them. Even now, as I am writing this, I am sacrificing precious time I should be spending on an assignment, because I love to write and this is fresh on my fingertips. I want to get it done.

You want a baller job? They aren’t giving that away at the unemployment office. But they are handing them at the end of a road filled with time, work, lots of reading, exhaustion, sleeping on public transportation, missed social calls, learning and an eventual understanding of who you want to be in life. Do what you want, but realize that everything comes at the cost of doing what you need. 


Short of Perfect

One day recently I was deep in a Marvel Comic, somewhere early in the infinity series, and it struck me: I have to get bigger. The whole idea behind the new series, teams, and characters is that there are threats greater than the powerful yet very limited Avengers team. They have to surpass what they are and become greater, larger, better connected, mobile, powerful. They had to upgrade. And they did. 

Back to my revelation. This blog was one of the things that came to mind when I opened up my thoughts to ideas. Many blogs came to mind actually, and they will eventually come to fruition, but I had to start somewhere. My problem with most situations is starting, but once I get started, I aim to finish (or continue, in the case of an online journal/publication). I often dont start because I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I didnt have a clear and well drawn picture of what I wanted, therefore, I never concluded to begin. I wanted a blog that could do this and looked like that and could attract these and bring me into the world of those, but I had absolutely no idea how to go about such an expedition. I mean, I’ve literally been mulling over the idea in my head for weeks. I’d come up with a million ideas and thrown away 99.99% and that still leaves me with 1000 ideas. I sat here for about 3 hours trolling the wordpress site for examples of things I could compare myself to, as well as things to aspire to become, and it was all so overwhelming. But that didnt discourage me. I actually now have more ideas. I have to get bigger, I keep telling myself.

So where to go from there?

You just do. I just…did. And ALL I have so far to show for myself are these words. But they are my words, and that was my entire point. 

So, this is me saying hello to whoever is reading this. I look forward to enjoying all the perks and love (and hate. I cant do without my haters) of the wordpress and internet community. 

I will get bigger. There will be more.